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Papalani Gelato

2360 Kiahuna Plantation Dr, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756-9552
+1 808-742-2663
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“sorbet” (49 reviews)
“ice cream” (59 reviews)
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2360 Kiahuna Plantation Dr, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756-9552
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Reviewed 15 August 2014

I did not think this was worth the hype. It was a typical ice cream store - not a huge selection. The ice cream/gelato was not particularly rich. It was fine but not worth going out of your way in my opinion.I don't usually like...More

Thank catherine c
Reviewed 14 August 2014

This place is worth looking for across from the Kiahuna Plantation. Each of the many flavors we sampled was delicious, and the service was cheerful. This is a great dessert for a warm evening stroll. Tip for a semi-affordable good meal walking distance from Kiahuna...More

Thank williat
Reviewed 10 August 2014

Lots of flavors, friendly and efficient staff. Delicious gelato. I would go back in a heartbeat. Great location with plenty of parking.

Thank 1Groverbeach
Reviewed 9 August 2014

Post visit...I agree with the reviewer who stated "Having had real gelato in Italy, there is no comparison". We found the ice cream to be good, but not outstanding. The waffle cones were good but expensive. Cost for a family of 4 (2 with 2...More

Thank BRCelt
Reviewed 5 August 2014

I have found that when traveling there are experiences that are worth repeating on return visits. Papalani Gelato fell into that category for me. I had the lilikoi gelato with the seeds (I brushed and flossed for 10 minutes afterwards). This was the best gelato...More

Thank bin2oz
Reviewed 4 August 2014 via mobile

The best Gelato on the island made with all fresh ingredients, no powder here. Lots of local flavors: guava, Lilikoi, pineapple, kona coffee. Both gelato and sorbet. Had the mint gelato, made from fresh mint and so refreshing. Also Lilikoi cheesecake was just the right...More

Thank Luvtosafari
Reviewed 1 August 2014

My husband and I decided to try this place as we wanted ice cream and didn't want to go to Lappert's. We thought it was awful. Having had real gelato in Italy, there is no comparison. My selection had a gritty texture with ice crystals...More

Thank AlaskaTraveler31
Reviewed 31 July 2014 via mobile

Visited because it was ranked #1 but just your better than average gelato but you don't have to go out of your way.

Thank Seat29a
Reviewed 20 July 2014

This is really good gelato, on par with what you'd get in an authentic gelato shop in Italy. The owner was working the night we stopped in, and he was very knowledgeable about all the ingredients and the gelato-making process. Papalani offers a variety of...More

1  Thank KBandMB
Reviewed 19 July 2014

We stayed on the North Shore of Kauai, but on our second day trip to the South Shore, we made sure to stop at Koloa Town Center to get Papalani Ice Cream. It's that good. My favorite was the Mud Pie, and our kids loved...More

Thank irenepug
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Average prices
US$ 10
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Takeout, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
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Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2360 Kiahuna Plantation Dr, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756-9552
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Poipu
  • Phone Number: +1 808-742-2663
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Papalani Gelato Franchising Company is a family-owned and operated franchisor of handmade Hawaiian style gelato, coffee, and chocolate shops which is dedicated to sharing its hand-crafted artisanal Hawaiian inspired gelato, coffees, and chocolates throughout the state of Hawaii and beyond. Many customers rave that Papalani™ has the best gelato (Italian style ice cream) and best chocolate in the nation.
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